When filmmaker Alex Rappoport met then-79-year-old abstract artist Peter Bradley in the winter of 2020, Bradley had neither sold many paintings nor had a major show in over four decades – yet he still painted every day in a shipping container studio heated by a wood stove. Over time, the pair recorded Peter’s fascinating story, seemingly overlooked in art history. Bradley was one of the first Black abstract artists represented by a major New York gallery and curator of one of the first integrated modern art shows in America. Talented, willful, and arrogant, Bradley lived life to its fullest – until he fell upon hard times in the 1980s that nearly ended his career. With Peter Bradley is at once an intimate portrait and a deep study of the creative process. Following the film, Director Alex Rappoport will participate in a Q&A via Zoom.
Presented in partnership with the Chesapeake Film Festival